Free Route Airspace in Poland successfully implemented!
On the 28th of February, 2019, the Free Route Airspace (FRA) was officially implemented in the Polish airspace. The testing and validation phase was completed, which allowed PANSA to launch FRA in Warszawa FIR according to the schedule. Free Route Airspace in Poland is known as POLFRA.
The aim of the Free Route Airspace concept is to give a greater freedom in flight plans preparation. It enables to plan routes between defined navigation points (entry and exit in certain airspace) outside of the fixed airways, enabling aircrafts to fly more efficient trajectories within FIR, reducing duration of flights and fuel consumption. POLFRA enables also to choose defined entry and exit points, with the possibility to fly via intermediate waypoints inside the FIR if required and at the same time, considering additional RAD restrictions, to stabilize traffic flows, maximize throughput and maintain capacity.
POLFRA is being deployed in line with the Implementing Rule set out in the SESAR Pilot Common Project (PCP), according to which all European states have to implement Free Route Airspace environment above FL310 before 1st of January 2022. PANSA has already implemented Polish FRA in the whole ACC Warszawa area of responsibility, almost three years ahead of the deadline.
POLFRA will apply 24/7, above FL095 excluding TMAs. PANSA’s future plans are to expand and improve the capability of POLFRA, working together with neighbouring ANSPs on the cross-border implementations.